Psalm 74 Exegesis

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PSALM 74 EXEGESES Psalm 74 is a representative of an intentionally crafted liturgical approach to God during a time of national distress. The purpose of this exegetical discourse will be to utilize the form critical approach to highlight the literary tactics employed by the cultic prophets of Israel, particularly in the formation and use of didactic Psalms as communal laments as a functioning part of Israel’s worship. From the Genesis to Revelation, the formation and sustaining of community is a vital component of God’s plan for humanity. The formation of community is stressed in the stories of Adam and Eve, Noah and Abraham and Sarah and becomes increasingly important in the formation of the Israelite nation, through the time of the exodus of Israel from Egypt and beyond. While the natural act of procreation is functional in the formation of community through family, it is the institution of communal worship implicated in Genesis 7:17 that is the divine tool of protraction vital to the sustaining of the community. It is within the compilation of one hundred fifty Psalms that members of the Israelite community express the fear, joys, expectancy, labor and dangers of maintaining or not maintaining the integrity and value of communal worship with one another and with Yahweh. A closer look at the Psalms reveals that “within the Psalter as we have it smaller, once separated, collections that have been preserved (e.g. 93-100 [Jerusalem Praise]; 113-118 [A Salvation Cantata]; 120-136 [Pilgrim Praise]; and 146-150 [The Endless Hallelujah]”. Further, of the many titles and authors that are attested to by superscription we find a collection within the Psalms that are ascribed as “A Maskil of Asaph”, Psalms 50:73-83. The key to understanding the prefaced argument of this discourse within the context of Psalm 74 is found in identifying who the psalmist or pseudo
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